YES TRY TO EXPLAIN THE BALLISTIC VARIANT CHAIN BULLSHIT FUCKING DO IT
So like, I really didn’t have a damn choice at this point, but here’s Blake:
Blake, like most characters in RWBY, doesn’t like being disarmed, so I’m gonna start off with Gambol Shroud. And seriously we need to take a look at this thing, because it’s damn ridiculous.
Like… what???? Gambol shroud is one of the most dynamic and versatile weapons in RWBYverse, probably only behind Mílo in terms of function so excuse me if I forget something. Gambol Shroud is officially called a “Variant Ballistic Chain Scythe” which, if you need four different words to define an inanimate object, probably means it’s really freaking complicated. The image at the very bottom of that GIF is Gambol Shroud’s sheath. Unlike most sheaths, it also has a damn bladed edge on it. That’s not fair at all but let’s roll with it. The image in the center is what Gambol Shroud looks like when it’s sheathed. The image on the top is Gambol Shroud when fully extended. In this form it’s barely a katana with a spiked edge. That means that she can use both edges to cut, as I’ve seen a lot of people say Blake was “stupid” for not using the bladed edge of Gambol Shroud during this scene.
I’ve seen so many people make jokes about this scene but like, in case y’all didn’t notice, there’re twovery sharp spikes on the edge of the blade she’s holding to his throat and the muzzle of the gun is pointing at the White Fang grunts. Like, Blake’s thought of everything when she made Gambol Shroud, and I’m pretty sure she intended to take a lot of people hostage like this during her time with the White Fang. And Blake is fast when she uses this thing. I mean, look at her
She’s literally a tornado or blades. She uses both the sheath and the katana in both these wide, sweeping arcs and quick, precise, piercing jabs. She’s constantly giving enemies two focus points to worry about, often using both blades in the same strike, or- as you can barely see given how fast she’s moving- hit one opponent with one blade while blocking a second opponent with the other. Even when her only weapons are baguettes, she’s still fast and acrobatic enough to slice watermelons out the sky like wtf???
It’s ridiculous on it’s own,
Gambol Shroud can also collapse from katana/pistol into a something similar to a kama like this
and she can use it as a regular pistol in this form. “Holy crap, Tobias, that’s probably the longest you’ve ever talked about a single weapon before-” “Did I say I was done???” Blake- like the ridiculous person she is- decided it’d be a good idea to put this weapon on a string like a soap on a rope and see what would happen. The end result is this
and if you put it all together you get some of this
#SAME, Blake, #SAME. Basically, if you’re as awestruck as I was first watching Blake use her weapon and can’t put together what’s happening in front of your very eyes, she’s using the ribbon to pull Gambol Shroud’s trigger, which shoots a bullet- as pulling a trigger normally does- however she’s also using the recoil of said fired shot to change the direction of the kama while it’s flying through the air. I literally would not have accepted this nonsense from anyone but Blake or Pyrrha, because the amount of training to use a weapon like this would be ridiculous. But Blake lived outside the walls, where fighting is a mandatory survival course, so I guess she can use this thing. But the thing that worries me the most isn’t that she can use a weapon like this, but how quickly she can use all forms of her weapon and the speed and accuracy with which she can use it.
HOW??? HOW IS ROMAN EVEN ABLE TO BLOCK THIS TYPE OF CRAP IS THE MAN KAKASHI? ARE WE GONNA SEE HIS OTHER EYE AND SEE SOME SHARINGAN TYPE NONSENSE?
“Wow, Tobias, Blake is really powerful-” “Interrupt me one more time imaginary voice in my head… I dare you.”
Including all of this that I already mentioned, Blake also has a super secret, shh don’t anyone, power. Her Semblance. Imagine running towards someone and something quickly flashes passed you, but they’re still standing there. You probably won’t even stop running, your target is clearly right in front of you-
Oh… maybe you should’ve paid attention to the flash after all. And I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but this after image thing is actually solid! Watch closely (watch to 7:38, and then watch it again because I’m pretty sure you’ll miss it the first time)
She just jumped off the after image and used that to propel herself forward even faster than she was already moving. She’s a damn dynamo. Practically unstoppable it’s ridiculous! And to that one Anon that wanted a weakness?
She doesn’t have one. At least not a conventional “weakness.” If you’re stronger or faster or more skilled than she is or able to swallow or block her hits like the Nevermore or the Spider Drone from the Black Trailer, you’ve obviously got an advantage over her, but she’s very disciplined when she fights and knows how to use her weapons and body to cause maximum pain.
Ayyy look, I finished all of Team RWBY! Hope this helped.
Grandma:You know Wes, he's down at the RSL on Friday nights?
Grandma:Yeah, he likes a bit of a gamble.
The funny thing about this is that I actually thought of gambol first. As in there was some guy just frolicing through an RSL on Friday nights, skipping around, just being happy. I don't know why, I don't use the word gambol frequently but its the first thing that came into my head. Thing is, now I wish Wes really was gambolling at the RSL.